Minister Donohoe conducts first in a series of Greenway visits across Ireland

5th November, 2014

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Wednesday) paid a visit to the Boyne Greenway, Co Meath as part of a series of Greenway visits he will be conducting across the country.


The Boyne Greenway forms part of the Drogheda, Slane, Navan, Trim Cycleway and Phase 1, which the Minister visited today, stretches from the Drogheda Ramparts to the Oldbridge entrance (Battle of the Boyne site).  It is anticipated that this route will ultimately connect onto the Dublin to Galway corridor at Enfield, funds permitting in the future.


“Providing for sustainable transport projects, such as Greenways, is an investment in our future, in our nation’s physical and mental health and in our environment. The National Cycle Network, which is an initiative of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, will see approximately €23.5 million allocated over a five year period (2012-2016)to fund large scale cycle projects, such as this.


“Greenways act as an incentive for local residents to get out and about in the fresh air and as a draw for visitors from near-by and further afield. The success of the Great Western Greenway in Mayo demonstrates the impact this sort of infrastructural investment can have on an area and the benefits and cohesion it can bring to local communities.


“Greenways are of particular interest to me as they are relevant to all three sections of my Department; Transport, Tourism & Sport. In a bid to meet the challenges ahead, we must continue to invest in and promote sustainable modes of transport, such as cycling. Continued investment in our Greenways will enable us to meet that objective, while also acting as a driver of enhanced tourism in the years ahead and increased physical activity among our people.”